I'm not sure how effective single-payer systems run by separate states would be these days, when most states are slashing funds left and right. The federal system has much more power (money) at its disposal than the states. So could it be just another Republican ploy to bury a national public option? (How cynical of me to think so, I know...;)
yup..I am not convinced either..I don't get it- Medicare has worked- WHY can't that system be expanded ? NO ONE has given a good reason WHY..and yeah...I think the state run single payer might not be the way to go- I want a Federal Plan...so everyone has access to care..
It is the blue dogs pushing that state-run option. My own blue dog rep is PROUD of that (it plays well with his electorate of repubs who hold their noses & pretend not to see the "D" beside his name).Locally there was a big meeting here last night called the Patrick Henry Caucus (spawned by Glenn Beck) that is angling to kill health care and any other FED program that doesn't have corresponding state legislature approval). They claim to have organized in 37 states. They are using every scare tactic you can imagine (govt will kill old people; illegals will overrun our health care facilities; bureaucrats will decide what treatment is appropriate; millions of babies will be aborted, etc/etec) and they have the deep-pockets of the health insurers financing their agenda. Very depressing...
The House measure was passing, but you know how that goes.... it gets sent to the Senate, where it is sliced & diced- sometimes beyond recognition.
Fran I thought only the House committee passed, not a full house vote? heard McCain today calling the public option "the government option" .... and Michelle Malkin crying about "redistibution of health" ... so now we know some of the phrases sure to be spewed during these Dog Days of Summer.
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